Unlikely friendships movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant unlikely friendships movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out clever, touching, interesting, humorous, sentimental and entertaining films and TV shows about / with unlikely friendships, storytelling, mentor, destiny, friendship, redemption, runaway, dialogue, catastrophe and childhood plots mostly in Drama, Comedy and Family genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as unlikely friendships: The Intouchables (2011), A Man Called Ove (2015), Up (2009), How to Train Your Dragon (2010), Let Me In (2010), Ice Age (2002), The Intern (2015), The Lion King (1994), Free Willy (1993), The Jungle Book (2016).

List of unlikely friendships movies

The Intouchables (2011)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A true story of two men who should never have met – a quadriplegic aristocrat who was injured in a paragliding accident and a young man from the projects.
Style: touching, uplifting, sincere, emotional, humorous ...
Plot: friendship, disability, life philosophy, friends, human relationship, lifestyle change, loneliness, culture clash, starting over, odd couple, french, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, paris france
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A Man Called Ove (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Despite grumpy 59 year-old Ove being deposed as president of his condominium association, but he keeps looking over the neighbourhood with an iron fist. When pregnant Parvaneh and her family move into the terraced house opposite Ove and she ...
Style: touching, compassionate, ironic, emotional, scenic ...
Plot: unlikely friendships, neighbor neighbor relationship, husband wife relationship, cancer, suicide thoughts, flashback, mentor, life & death, loneliness, lone hero, life philosophy, love ...
Place: sweden, spain
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 8.3
 831K
Up (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Carl Fredricksen spent his entire life dreaming of exploring the globe and experiencing life to its fullest. But at age 78, life seems to have passed him by, until a twist of fate (and a persistent 8-year old Wilderness Explorer named Russell) gives ...
Style: feel good, exciting, touching, humorous, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, follow your dream, friendship, family, dreams, friends, dog, obsessive quest, loneliness, aging, mischievous children, journey ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south america, latin america, venezuela, mount everest
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How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: As the son of a Viking leader on the cusp of manhood, shy Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III faces a rite of passage: he must kill a dragon to prove his warrior mettle. But after downing a feared dragon, he realizes that he no longer wants to destroy it, ...
Style: exciting, feel good, humorous, touching, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: friendship, dragon, adventure, family, vikings, warrior, journey, training, animal training, imaginary, imaginary kingdom, teamwork ...
Place: scandinavia
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 7.1
 106K
Let Me In (2010)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian. A remake of the movie “Let The Right One In” which was an adaptation of a book.
Style: gothic, bleak, scary, melancholic, biting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: vampire, loneliness, bully, friendship, gory, vampire human love, coming of age, fall in love, small town, transformation, blood, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, year 1983
Place: new mexico, usa, california
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 7.5
 395K
Ice Age (2002)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 81 min.
Story: With the impending ice age almost upon them, a mismatched trio of prehistoric critters – Manny the woolly mammoth, Diego the saber-toothed tiger and Sid the giant sloth – find an orphaned infant and decide to return it to its human parents. ...
Style: humorous, touching, entertaining, sentimental, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, kids, date night, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, rescue, family, friendship, ice, life risking, bonding, odd couple, journey, squirrel, creature, iceberg ...
Time: prehistoric times, prehistory, stone age, prehistoric
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 7.1
 185K
The Intern (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.
Style: feel good, humorous, sweet, light, inspirational ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick
Plot: workplace, elderly, workplace situations, intern, family, mentor, unlikely friendships, life philosophy, destiny, stereotypes, loneliness, prejudice ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, san francisco
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 8.5
 819K
The Lion King (1994)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A young lion cub named Simba can't wait to be king. But his uncle craves the title for himself and will stop at nothing to get it.
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: friendship, king, adventure, good versus evil, betrayal, prince, family, righting the wronged, pride and honor, tragic event, redemption, death ...
Time: 1990s
Place: africa
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 5.9
 62K
Free Willy (1993)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA, France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: When maladjusted orphan Jesse vandalizes a theme park, he is placed with foster parents and must work at the park to make amends. There he meets Willy, a young Orca whale who has been separated from his family. Sensing kinship, they form a bond and, ...
Style: sentimental, touching, uplifting, feel good, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: social worker, human animal relationship, killer whale, captivity, friendship, family, adventure, animal life, rescue, freedom, ocean or sea, animal training ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
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 7.4
 238K
The Jungle Book (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A man-cub named Mowgli fostered by wolves. After a threat from the tiger Shere Khan, Mowgli is forced to flee the jungle, by which he embarks on a journey of self discovery with the help of the panther, Bagheera and the free-spirited bear, Baloo.
Style: serious, intense, entertaining, scenic, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: orphan, jungle, adventure, friendship, dangerous animal, good versus evil, family, feral child, animals, mischievous children, courage, revenge ...
Place: india
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 7.6
 375K
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: When the Valley of Peace is threatened, lazy Po the panda discovers his destiny as the "chosen one" and trains to become a kung fu hero, but transforming the unsleek slacker into a brave warrior won't be easy. It's up to Master ...
Style: feel good, humorous, entertaining, inspirational, stylized ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: mentor, kung fu, chosen one, martial arts, goofy hero, transformation, warrior, good versus evil, adventure, family, tiger, panda ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia, ancient china
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 5.4
 35K
Aquamarine (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Two teenage girls discover that mermaids really do exist after a violent storm washes one ashore. The mermaid, a sassy creature named Aquamarine, is determined to prove to her father that real love exists, and enlists the girls' help in winning ...
Style: touching, feel good, humorous, sweet, fairy tale ...
Audience: teens, date night, girls' night, chick flick, kids
Plot: mermaid, friendship, fall in love, rescue, fish out of water, teenage life, small town, youth, true love, friends, best friends, couples ...
Time: 80s
Place: florida, australia, usa
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 8.0
 314K
Aladdin (1992)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Princess Jasmine grows tired of being forced to remain in the palace, so she sneaks out into the marketplace, in disguise, where she meets street-urchin Aladdin. The couple falls in love, although Jasmine may only marry a prince. After being ...
Style: feel good, humorous, fairy tale, sweet, stylized ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: genie, princess, desert, unlikely couple, family, adventure, friendship, love, good versus evil, magic, first love, disney ...
Time: 18th century
Place: middle east, saudi arabia
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When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: During their travels from Chicago to New York, Harry and Sally Will debate whether or not sex ruins a perfect relationship between a man and a woman. Eleven years later, and they're still no closer to finding the answer.
Style: sentimental, sincere, feel good, romantic, sweet ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: friendship, love and romance, looking for love, unlikely couple, romance, friends, platonic, up and down relationship, male female friendship, falling in love, opposites attract, unlikely friendships ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1977, year 1982, year 1987
Place: new york, usa
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The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Kuzco is a self-centered emperor who summons Pacha from a village and to tell him that his home will be destroyed to make room for Kuzco's new summer home. Kuzco's advisor, Yzma, tries to poison Kuzco and accidentally turns him into a ...
Style: humorous, feel good, funny, witty, exciting ...
Audience: pre-teens, family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: emperor, friendship, llama, change of heart, family, adventure, good versus evil, partners, escapades, rescue, young heroes, kingdom ...
Time: ancient history, 15th century
Place: latin america, peru, south america
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Rory O'Shea Was Here (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Ireland, France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Michael is a 24-year-old who has cerebral palsy and long-term resident of the Carrigmore Residential Home for the Disabled, run by the formidable Eileen. His life is transformed when the maverick Rory O'Shea moves in.
Style: emotional, uplifting, realistic, touching, dramatic ...
Plot: disability, friendship, youth, love triangle, loneliness, human spirit, unrequited love, cerebral palsy, broken heart, life, unlikely friendships, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ireland, europe
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 7.3
 89K
St. Vincent (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A young boy whose parents just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic, war veteran who lives next door.
Style: realistic, humorous, inspirational, entertaining, witty ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: friendship, neighbor, family relations, parents and children, youth, coming of age, drinking, mentor, divorce, unlikely friendships, husband wife relationship, character study ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1965, year 1946
Place: usa, new jersey, california
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 7.6
 7K
Lawn Dogs (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In the affluent, gated community of Camelot Gardens, bored wives indiscriminately sleep around while their unwitting husbands try desperately to climb the social ladder. Trent, a 21-year-old outsider who mows the neighborhood lawns, quietly observes ...
Style: humorous, touching, semi serious, talky, witty ...
Plot: friendship, hypocrisy, suburban life, love and romance, odd couple, family relations, unlikely friendships, party, infidelity, suspicion, poverty, voyeurism ...
Time: 90s
Place: australia
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Good Will Hunting (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Will Hunting has a genius-level IQ but chooses to work as a janitor at MIT. When he solves a difficult graduate-level math problem, his talents are discovered by Professor Gerald Lambeau, who decides to help the misguided youth reach his potential. ...
Style: psychological, sentimental, emotional, uplifting, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: prodigy, mathematics, professor, human spirit, ambition, life philosophy, psychologist, genius, university, teachers and students, philosophy, social differences ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: harvard university, boston, usa
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The King's Speech (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, Australia
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The King's Speech tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit ...
Style: uplifting, serious, realistic, talky, witty ...
Plot: royal family, friendship, queen, radio, british history, state affairs, disability, treatment, destiny, speech, against the odds, historical character ...
Time: 1930s, 40s, pre world war two, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: england, britain, buckingham palace, europe, germany ...
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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, ...
Style: captivating, clever, touching, serious, uplifting ...
Plot: human spirit, freedom, prison, prison life, false accusation, life sentence, confined, hopes, criminal heroes, life is a bitch, survival, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, mexico, pacific ocean, maine
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 8.1
 388K
The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, India, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's ...
Style: touching, uplifting, thought provoking, emotional, inspirational ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, friendship, master and servant, maid, discrimination, storytelling, hopes, social relations, interracial relations, against the rules, exploitation, racial issues ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa
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 9.6
 37
Good Omens (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: UK
Duration: 60 min.
Story: In 2019 the world is on the brink of an apocalypse as humanity prepares for a final judgment. But follies ensue — Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a demon aren’t enthusiastic about the end of the world, and can’t seem to find ...
Style: captivating, exciting, atmospheric, witty, emotional
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: unlikely friendships, angel, demon, merger, end of the world, rescue attempt, foe turned friend, peril
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 7.4
 212K
The Bucket List (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers are worlds apart. At a crossroads in their lives, they share a hospital room and discover they have two things in common: a desire to spend the time they have left doing ...
Style: touching, sentimental, feel good, inspirational, compassionate ...
Plot: terminal illness, elderly, follow your dream, journey, friendship, human spirit, golden years, adventure, mechanic, dying, philosophy, death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: himalaya, taj mahal, usa, hong kong, africa ...
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 6.8
 247K
Bridesmaids (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Annie’s life is a mess. But when she finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she simply must serve as Lillian’s maid of honor. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals. With one chance to ...
Style: humorous, feel good, talky, funny, witty ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick, boys' night
Plot: jealousy, best friend, friendship, uninhibited rivalry, female friendship, casual sex, rivalry, bridesmaid, group of friends, nothing goes right, self esteem, rivals ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, wisconsin, chicago illinois, paris france, milwaukee wisconsin
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Monsters University (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University — when they weren't necessarily the best of friends.
Style: feel good, humorous, funny, light, stylized ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: university, college, friendship, odd couple, bully, monster, teamwork, competition, student life, teachers and students, underdog, family ...
Time: 2000s, 2010s, 1990s, future
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The Whole Nine Yards (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A mobster named Jimmy the Tulip agrees to cooperate with an FBI investigation in order to stay out of prison; he's relocated by the authorities to a life of suburban anonymity as part of a witness protection program. It's not long before a ...
Style: dark humor, humorous, funny, entertaining, semi serious ...
Audience: date night
Plot: mafia, hitman, murder, fish out of water, farce, crime, comedy of errors, unlikely partners, opposites attract, love affair, misfit, gangsters ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: canada, usa, montreal, chicago illinois
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My Best Friend's Wedding (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: When she receives word that her longtime platonic pal Michael O'Neal is getting married to debutante Kimberly Wallace, food critic Julianne Potter realizes her true feelings for Michael -- and sets out to sabotage the wedding.
Style: sentimental, feel good, romantic, sweet, funny ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: wedding, screwball, romance, friendship, obsession, unfulfilled love, wedding preparations and rituals, uninhibited rivalry, love and romance, best friends, women, male female friendship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, san francisco, new jersey
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 8.0
 112K
Papillon (1973)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: France, USA
Duration: 151 min.
Story: A man befriends a fellow criminal as the two of them begin serving their sentence on a dreadful prison island, which inspires the man to plot his escape.
Style: bleak, captivating, tense, inspirational, suspense ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, prison life, false accusation, criminal heroes, escape attempt, prison escape, life is a bitch, life sentence, hopes, low lives, imprisonment ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: latin america, atlantic ocean
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Scent of a Woman (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 156 min.
Story: Charlie Simms is a student at a private preparatory school who comes from a poor family. To earn the money for his flight home to Gresham, Oregon for Christmas, Charlie takes a job over Thanksgiving looking after retired U.S. Army officer Lieutenant ...
Style: sentimental, realistic, dramatic, touching, inspirational ...
Plot: human spirit, friendship, blind character, human nature, disability, teaching the ways of the world, ex military, depression, mentor, thanksgiving, student, change of heart ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new england
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